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... was cloudy and cold, almost foggy too and the photos do not show the beauty. But to be cruising through the valley and the fall leaves and vineyards was so beautiful I stayed upstairs to take pictures for almost 3 hours. We went by the Prince Ric************* Heart Castle. Legend has it that he was held captive there until his servant went throughout the ...
Following an after midnight departure from Vienna, we travelled through the night and awoke to a cruise through the Wachau Valley, rich in history and so very beautiful. So much so that it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. The valley features no bridges across the Danube (not permitted by UNESCO designation and only cable ferries will get one from side to side). In Durnsheim we saw the castle ruins where King Ric*************hearted was ...
... for beautiful views down the valley.
So, after breakfast we joined the "Active Walker's" group and followed the Red Lollypop in to town. It was a short walk on a gentle incline along the river bank before we began the steps up to town. Our first stop was outside the Shipping Master's house where flood levels have been recorded over the years. In June, 2013, the river rose 10 meters flooding the vineyards and orchards as well as the road we had ...
... be where the rich people live.
A few miles down the river and we come to the little burg of Durnstein. This place is important for 2 reasons: First, it is where Ric*************heart was captured and held prisoner in 1192; and Second, this is where we leave the ship Tranquility and are bused to Vienna where our original ship, the Imagery is waiting for us. It is explained to us that the Imagery could not meet us in time ...
... time for the locks downstream with the increased water flows. At least that is what our CD told us. He also mentioned that the brief docking at Dürnstein (which I think was mainly to pick up tonight's entertainer) has been cancelled as the place we would dock is now knee deep in water.
So we left the dock at Grein and then sat under power in the middle of the river for the next hour and a quarter. The CD told us this ...